Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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rain god figure
  • Tesuque peoples
  • rain god figure, late 1800s
  • Where object was made: New Mexico Territory (present-day New Mexico), United States
  • ceramic, pigment
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 24.5 x 14 x 17 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 9 5/8 x 5 1/2 x 6 11/16 in
  • Gift of James K. Allen
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2743
Label Text

The human figure is seated with the knees bent and heels on the ground. The elbows are resting on the knees. His head is lifted, directed to the left, with his mouth open. He has black hair and two black rings around his neck. There is a black "T" on his chest. He has two blue lines running down either arm with small tick marks. There are two shorter blue lines on his lateral thighs, shins and three in his groin and hips. There is a blue asterisk on his belly and lower back. The soles of his feet are blue as well.